Bell to give Schmidlapp lecture April 10

ShannonElizabethBellThe  Women’s Studies Program will welcome Dr. Shannon Elizabeth Bell to the Huntington campus Thursday, April 10, to deliver the annual Schmidlapp Distinguished Lectureship in Women’s Studies.

The event, which is free to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. at the MU Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center. A reception will follow.

Bell’s talk, “Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice,” will address issues that are both timely and relevant.  Her research falls at the intersection of environmental sociology, gender, and social movements, with a particular focus on understanding the ways in which environmentally-destructive industries acquire and maintain their power and discovering strategies for increasing the political participation of communities most affected by environmental injustices.

Her first book, Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice, is a collection of personal stories of women’s environmental activism in Central Appalachia.

Bell is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky and also is affiliated with faculty in the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program, the Gender & Women’s Studies Department, and the Appalachian Studies Program.  She is the 2013 recipient of the Practice and Outreach Award and the Robert Boguslaw Award for Technology and Humanism, both from the Environment & Technology Section of the American Sociological Association.

She also received the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award (2013), the Best Article Award from the Rural Sociological Society (2011), Honorable Mention for the Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award from the Environment & Technology Section of the American Sociological Association (2011).

The Schmidlapp Lectureship is sponsored by the Charlotte M. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank Trustee.